Brathay Trust's Windermere Marathon 10 in 10 is one of the toughest endurance events in the UK with runners attempting to run 10 marathons in 10 days. To help entrants with their preparations, event organisers arranged a special run around the course on Saturday which was attended by many of the runners.
As suggested by its name the 10 in 10 will see 18 runners attempting 10 marathons, on 10 consecutive days, in May, a feat that challenges the stamina and mental strength of the fittest athletes.
The training run took place in challenging conditions - strong winds and heavy rain, and this coupled with the undulating nature of the Cumbrian route made even a single marathon difficult enough. However the 10 in 10 entrants who took part were generally in a positive frame of mind post-run.
The 10 in 10 class of 2011 will include Steve Edwards, the man aiming to run 500 marathons by 2012, Vanessa Buckle, running in memory of her mother, and 73 year old John Dawson from Staffordshire, who had a heart attack in his fifties. John is hoping to become the oldest to compete the extreme challenge beating the current record held by event founder, Sir Christopher Ball, who was 72 years old when he successfully ran the race in 2007.
Check out some great post-run video comment on cumbrialive.tv.
Check out entry details for the Brathay Marathon - the one off race and the final leg in the 10 in 10 at the event website.